Obamacare barely survived 2017. How’s 2018 look?

December 30, 2017, NBC News, Benjy Sarlin- After a year in which Obamacare’s fate hung by a thread, 2018 is likely to feature fewer mortal threats. But the next 12 months could still be a tumultuous period as insurers, customers and elected officials react to major changes to the law by the Trump administration and the Republican Congress. Republicans tried without success throughout 2017 to repeal and replace Obamacare, but there’s little indication they plan on pursuing another serious push next year. President Donald Trump told supporters after the last health bill failed that Republicans had the votes to pass repeal in 2018 once a hospitalized senator who was neither hospitalized nor a decisive vote returned, but it was a face-saving bluff. Now with Sen.elect Doug Jones,D-Ala., set to take office and midterms getting closer, the math is even harder.

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